October 6, 2015 – Meningioma Risk
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Anchor lead: Is obesity really the problem with respect to a common type of brain tumor? Elizabeth Tracey reports
Obese people are at a 50% higher risk to develop meningiomas, a common type of brain tumor, than their thinner counterparts, a recent study concludes. Jon Weingart, a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins, says obesity may be a stand-in for something else.
Weingart: These things are always multifactorial. Sometimes a higher weight can reflect other health problems, which may play more of a role in the development of certain illnesses or tumors, than just the weight itself. So it’s a reflection of overall health. Certainly if you’re physically active and keep your weight down, all health problems seem to be less in that circumstance. :22
Weingart says achieving a healthy weight is key.
Weingart: It’s just not a number that you’re shooting for. One wouldn’t want to starve oneself to get to a lower weight, one would be much better off to do regular physical exercise, eat healthy, and then find whatever your natural weight would be. :14
At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.